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Meryl Meisler’s SASSY ’70s

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  Meryl Meisler, with camera in hand, documented the process of her coming out and exploring LGBTQ NY communities during the 1970s. She’ll be sharing her images and stories of Disco, nightlife, Fire Island, and self portraits from her book Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City.   Copies of Purgatory & Paradise SASSY [...]

Thu. Dec 13, 2018 7:00 PM

Events

June 5, 2018

Women Your Mother Warned You About

 

Join us for Women Your Mother Warned You About, an explosive evening of uncensored vulnerability, magic, and hope from the best trans women and CAMAB non-binary writers in the country! Hear fantastic stories and celebrate the Lammy nomination of Resilience with Heartspark Press Editor Sugi Pyrrophyta and a short-list of incredible artists we’re thrilled to be sharing the stage with.  Come out and support trans women writers!

THE WRITERS JOINING US

JEANNE THORNTON
APRIL DANIELS
SARA OLIVER WIGHT
A.K. BLUE
TYLER VILE
SUGI PYRROPHYTA
& MORE

ABOUT THE RESILIENCE ANTHOLOGY
Take a journey through the worlds of over thirty (C)AMAB* trans writers in what is currently the largest collection of poetry and prose made for and by us. Featuring new work by Luna Merbruja, Magpie Leibowitz, Moss Angel, KOKUMO, Joss Barton, Ariel Howland, Casey Plett, Sascha Hamilton, A.K. Blue, Oti Onum, Rahne Alexander, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Lawrence Walker, Connifer Candlewood, Serafima Mintz, Talia Johnson, Tyler Vile, Lina Corvus, Bridget Liang, erica inchoate, Lillita Lustre, CHRYSALISAMIDST, Ana Valens, Larissa Glasser, Lilith Dawn, AR Rushet and more, including an introduction by Julia Serano!

Curated and Edited by Amy Heart, Sugi Pyrrophyta, and Larissa Glasser.

 

Copies of Resilience are available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 

SARA OLIVER WIGHT
Sara Oliver Wight is a Brooklyn based model, author, and aspiring lesbian farmer. Her current work focus is how to convey queer femme sexuality through noodles and sandwiches. Her work can be found on vice.com, in the Resilience anthology and on her Instagram @saraoliverwight

A.K. BLUE
Andreia Kundry Blue lives in the Hudson Valley. She writes science fiction, trans fiction, and eccentric mash-ups of the two. Her story in Resilience, “God Empress Susanna,” is part of her work in progress, Sea of Nightmares, a collection of linked SF stories. She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and a member of the Brooklyn Trans Writing Workshop.

TYLER VILE
Tyler Vile is a writer, performer, and activist from Baltimore, MD whose novel-in-verse, Never Coming Home, is available on Topside Press. She is a member of the board of Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl, a radically inclusive synagogue, and was the vocalist in a punk band called Anti-Androgen. Her interactive poetry zine, Hassidic Witch Murderer is available on her website, tylervile.wordpress.com. Her work has appeared in the Lambda Literary Award nominated anthology, Resilience, published by Heartspark Press, as well as the magazines Femmescapes, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and Rogue Agent. She hopes to one day become the world’s greatest transsexual lesbian yenta.

SUGI PYRROPHYTA
Sugi works against the hegemony that academic institutions have on knowledge and that financial institutions have on power, specifically the roles that capital and obedience to oppressive structures play in upholding/withholding those institution and the rewards. She has been working most of her life on collecting stories of the lived experience of those most oppressed while attempting to make impossible the powers that hold us down. She knows first-hand and viscerally how hard it is to carve out time/energy to create while fighting every step for her and her friends’ survival, and has no further accolades to dress herself in here because you can do anything, you don’t need a fancy degree or an income or to have been published before; you are the fire that keeps us warm.

 

 

 

Start: June 5, 2018 7:00 PM
End: June 5, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to support the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

June 3, 2018

Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Christopher Bram in Conversation: Storytelling and Community

 

Launching her new novel, THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE, Lucy Jane Bledsoe will be in conversation with Christopher Bram. They’ll discuss how communities function in crisis, and the role of storytelling in shaping community and culture, with a queer twist on all of the above.

 

Copies of The Evolution of Love are available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 
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Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of six novels, including the just-released THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE and recently-released A THIN BRIGHT LINE. Her fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a Pushcart nomination, a Yaddo Fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. Her story collection, LAVA FALLS, is forthcoming this fall. Bledsoe lives in the Bay Area where she spends as much time as possible kayaking in the bay, as well as hiking and cycling in the hills.

 

 

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A novelist and critic, Christopher Bram is the author of nine novels, including GODS AND MONSTERS, which was made into the movie starring Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave. He has written nonfiction for a broad range of publications, including Out, the Huffington Post, and Architectural Digest. Bram’s book of essays, MAPPING THE TERRITORY, and his books SURPRISING MYSELF, HOLD TIGHT, IN MEMORY OF ANGEL CLARE, and GOSSIP were reissued by Open Road Books in 2013. He was a 2001 Guggenheim fellow and winner of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. His recent books include EMINENT OUTLAWS: THE GAY WRITERS WHO CHANGED AMERICA (Twelve, 2012) and THE ART OF HISTORY: UNLOCKING THE PAST IN FICTION AND NONFICTION (Graywolf, 2016).

 

 

 

 

 

Start: June 3, 2018 5:00 PM
End: June 3, 2018 6:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to support the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

May 26, 2018

Book Launch – A Reprobate Sense by Hunter O’Hanian

 
This artist’s book explores the origins of anti-same sex attitudes found in modern society. The author, Hunter O’Hanian, uses a book written in 1049, The Book of Gomorrah, which for the first time, cataloged the sins associated with same-sex behavior.

 

O’Hanian researched Peter Damian’s life, the origin of the book and its impact on modern day society. A Reprobate Sense contains selected excerpts from Damian’s work illustrated with screen shots from 1970s films made to entertain gay males.
 

Gay writer and historian Hugh Ryan will interview O’Hanian about the book.
 
Copies of A Reprobate Sense are available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 
 

About Hunter O’Hanian – With degrees from Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, Hunter O’Hanian has held leadership positions at visual arts programs including the Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown, MA), Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, CO), Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation (Boston, MA), Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York, NY), and College Art Association (New York, NY). He has served on non-profit boards and panels for more than 30 years. His contributions have been recognized through an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston and a permanently endowed fellowship in his name at the Fine Arts Work Center.
 
 

About Hugh Ryan – A journalist, curator, and speaker write for folks like The New York Times, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, VICE, and Slate, and other places. He mostly covers queer culture, art, and politics, but also Rube Goldberg machines, racism on reality television, the renaissance of Shirley Jackson, non-linear non-fiction, and the literary origin of zombies in America. Recently, he became the resident historian at them, the new Conde Nast LGBTQ publication, where we writes a column called “Themstory” every two weeks. This year, he will be a resident artist at The Watermill Center as he finishes his new book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, due out with St. Martin’s Press in March of 2019.
 
 
 
 

Start: May 26, 2018 7:00 PM
End: May 26, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

May 25, 2018

Affirmative Laughter

 

Come celebrate Elsa Waithe‘s 30th bday the only way she know how… WITH LAUGHTER!!! On May 25th @ 7pm, Bureau of General Services-Queer Division is gonna be packed as we ring in Elsa’s new decade with this hot lineup:
 
Beth Maria
Margo Reiss
Shelly Colman
Sarah Hartshorne
Norah Yahya
Mamoudou N’Diaye
 
$10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau and Affirmative Laughter performers. No one turned away for lack of funds!!!!

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Start: May 25, 2018 7:00 PM
End: May 25, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau and Affirmative Laughter performers. No one turned away for lack of funds.

May 20, 2018

Queer/Literary Defiance!

 

Cultural defiance has maintained Queer identity, keeping alive a culture rich in creativity, zest, and courage. In today’s political and social environment, when LGBTQ rights and legitimacy are again under attack, Queer cultural defiance is a bulwark against forcing the community back into hiding.

 

On Sunday, May 20th, five acclaimed Queer writers—poets, playwrights and novelists—will celebrate Queer/Literary Defiance. Each will read a short passage from their work, followed by a discussion of the role of defiance in their writing; how it shapes it, informs it, gives it fire. This award-winning lineup of authors represents a diversity of social and cultural experience in the Queer community. As writers, they distill those experiences into art.

 

Featuring Ann Aptaker, Ella Boureau, JP Howard, Jee Leong Koh, and Trace Peterson.

 

 

 

 

Start: May 20, 2018 3:30 PM
End: May 20, 2018 5:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.